Journal Articles

Pharmacist-industry relationships


Documenting the diverse interactions between pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry

Direct-to-consumer Marketing to People with Hemophilia

PLOS Medicine

Exposing the relationships that drug manufacturers have with hemophiliac patients and their families.

Salespeople in the Surgical Suite: Relationships between Surgeons and Medical Device Representatives


Why is a device rep in the OR and what does it mean for patient care?

Treatment of Men for 'Low Testosterone': A Systematic Review


A comprehensive review that exposes Testosterone's questionable therapeutic benefits.

Taking Sides: Should Ob/Gyns Prescribe Flibanserin for their Patients?

Contemporary Ob/Gyn

Saying no to this dangerous drug.

CME Stands for Commercial Medical Education: and ACCME Still Won’t Address the Issue

Journal of Medical Ethics

Challenging the ACCME to face the relationship between industry and education.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: Inventing a Disease to Sell Low Libido

Journal of Medical Ethics

Exploring how Big Pharma created HSDD to create a disease.

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men?

American Family Physician

Dr. Fugh-Berman says No: Screening may be harmful, and benefits are unproven.

Pharmaceutical Industry Interactions in Family Medicine Residencies Decreased Between 2008 and 2013: a CERA Study

Family Medicine

A study that explores pharma influence on family medicine programs.

Physicians under the Influence: Social Psychology and Industry Marketing Strategies

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies apply social psychology to subconsciously influence physicians’ prescribing behavior and decision-making.

How Basic Scientists Help the Pharmaceutical Industry Market Drugs

PLOS Biology

Addresses the presence of pharma influence in biomedical research.

Promoting to Everyone, Focusing on No One: The Illogical Promotion of the Influenza Vaccine

World Medical & Health Policy

The “everyone is at risk” message associated with universal influenza vaccination could undermine effective influenza prevention efforts.

Ethics and Eplerenone

Journal of Medical Ethics

Argues that a placebo-controlled trial is unethical when a comparator that can reasonably be expected to be effective is available

Promotional Tone in Reviews of Menopausal Hormone Therapy After the Women’s Health Initiative: An Analysis of Published Articles

PLoS Medicine

Why Lunch Matters

The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Assessing physicians’ perceptions about industry relationships

Do New Drugs Increase Life Expectancy?

Journal of General Internal Medicine

A critique of a Manhattan Institute paper

The Haunting of Medical Journals

PLoS Medicine

How Ghostwriting Sold “HRT”

Ethical Considerations of Publication Planning in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Open Medicine

How industry uses medical writers to manipulate the medical literature

Off-Label Promotion, On-Target Sales

Public Library of Science

The covert promotion of drugs for unapproved uses

Thus Are Our Medical Meetings Managed (also read letter here)

British Medical Journal

Key opinion leaders may be unaware of pharma influence

Prescription Tracking and Public Health

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Why the AMA’s opt-out plan does not protect prescribing privacy

Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors

Public Library of Science

Psychological techniques reps use to sell drugs

Doctors Must Not be Lapdogs to Drug Firms

British Medical Journal

Drug reps stomp out of a talk about industry influence

“This May Sting a Bit”: Cutting CME’s Ties to Pharma

Virtual Mentor

CME should go pharma-free

Advertising in Medical Journals: Should Current Practices Change?

PLoS Medicine

Taking ads for luxury goods would be less compromising to medical journals than accepting only drug ads

Gynecologists and Estrogen: An Affair of the Heart

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

Ob-gyns believe in HT despite evidence

Consumer Publications

Five Myths About Opioids

Chicago Tribune

Women and the Opioid Epidemic

Women's Health Activist Newsletter

Rx for Change: Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain Women's Health Activist Newsletter

The Score Is Even

Bioethics Forum

EpiPens and the Sale of Fear

Bioethics Forum

How and why drug companies oversell the importance of EpiPens.

EpiPen Furor: Patient Groups Take Money, Stay Mum

Bioethics Forum

The Drug That Cried Feminism

Bioethics Forum

Flibanserin and Regulatory Failure

Journal of Medical Ethics blog

Flibanserin and Feminism

Impact Ethics

Making an Example of Martin Shkreli

Bioethics Forum

LEGGO the Logo? Why Pharma Logos Belong on CME

Bioethics Forum

Outside Opinion: Testosterone treatments are dangerous for men

Chicago Tribune

Device Marketing To Doctors, In and Out of the OR

Women’s Health Activist

Low T, High Profit?

Bioethics Forum

How to Hold Pharma-free Meetings (pdf)

Mammography and the Corporate Breast

Bioethics Forum

Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones

Women’s Health Activist

Bone-Breaking Drugs?

Women’s Health Activist

Deceptive Market Practices in the Marketplace of Ideas

Bioethics Forum

Help Your Doctor Break the Sample Habit

Women’s Health Activist

Smoke and Mirrors

Bioethics Forum

Hormones for Hot Flashes – Is “Natural” Better?

Women’s Health Activist

Meds in Kids

Women’s Health Activist

Migraines, Menopause, and Marketing

Women’s Health Activist

Classic Drugs Under Attack

Bioethics Forum

Unsafe IBS Drugs Back on the Market

Women’s Health Activist

Cervical Cancer Vaccines and Industry Influence

Bioethics Forum

The Waiting Room: Pharma’s Latest Lair

Bioethics Forum

The Dog Ate My Disclosure

Bioethics Forum

Hold the Hype on HPV

Women’s Health Activist

Over-the-Counter Sales of Medical Records

Women’s Health Activist

Cervical Cancer Vaccines in Context

Women’s Health Activist

Less Hormone Therapy, Less Breast Cancer

Women’s Health Activist

Big Pharma Wants to Know All About You

Women’s Health Activist

A Bone to Pick with Bone Drugs

Women’s Health Activist

Waiting Room Activism

Women’s Health Activist

Why Race-Based Medicine is a Bad Idea

Women’s Health Activist